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The Littoral Region (french: Région du Littoral) is a region of Cameroon. Its capital is Douala. , its population was 3,174,437.Cameroon at GeoHive
Its name is due to the region being largely littoral, and associated with the sea coast. The Douala Edéa Wildlife Reserve is in the region. Animals in the Douala Edea Wildlife Reserve File:Singe de la réserve de faune de Douala - Edea 01.jpg|Black Monkey File:Singes de la réserve de faune de Douala - Edea 15.jpg File:Singes de la réserve de faune de Douala - Edea 21.jpg File:Singes de la réserve de faune de Douala - Edea 11.jpg File:Loxodontacyclotis.jpg|Adult and young elephants File:Chimpanzé, R.F Douala-édea,Mouanko.png|Chimpanzee


2008 presidential decree abolishes provinces

The President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, signed decrees in 2008 abolishing "Provinces" and replacing them with "Regions". Hence, all of the country's ten former provinces are now known as Regions.


Demographics




Divisions

thumb|right|Departments of Littoral thumb|Sawa Princess The region is divided into four departments (''départements''): # Moungo, with its capital at Nkongsamba. # Nkam, with its capital at Yabassi. # Sanaga-Maritime, with its capital at Édéa. # Wouri, forming the area around the major city of Douala. These are in turn broken down into subdivisions. Presidentially appointed senior divisional officers (''préfets'') and subdivisional officers (''sous-préfets'') govern each. Traditional leaders, usually referred to as ''chiefs'' in English, often preside over particular ethnic groups or villages; nevertheless, many of these wield very little power today.


Culture




Traditional Dance

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Traditional musical instruments

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Traditional dance accessories

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Traditional clothes

File:Ning Kum Prosper 3.jpg|''Sanja'' wear by King Kum Prosper III GedAutoriteNgondo.JPG|Traditional hat File:KdfkabaNgondo.JPG|Kaba Ngondo scarf File:KdfKabacerac.JPG|Women with Kaba Ngondo Hair style and head covers File:KdfKaba02.JPG File:Kdfsawawomen02.JPG File:KdfSawa11.JPG Monuments in the Region File:Deido.JPG|Statue of Liberty, Douala File:Temple du centenaire de Douala.JPG|Temple du Centenaire, Douala File:Ma cathédral 4.JPG|Cathedral in Edea File:PALAIS DES ROIS BELL (2).JPG|Kings Bell Palace, Douala File:Caveau des rois bell.jpg|King Bell's Monument File:Mandessi bell la merveille.jpg|Villa Mandessi File:CATHEDRLE St PIERRE & PAUL DE DOUALA...JPG|Inner view of the St Peter & Paul Cathedral in Douala File:Monument au Général Leclerc.JPG|Monument of General Leclerc in Douala File:Temple de Bonalembe de Douala.JPG|Bonalembe Temple, Douala File:Les benedictins1k.JPG|The Benedictine File:Ancienne résidence du chef de circonscription à Douala.JPG|Ancient Residence of the District Chief in Douala File:LT 16 (1) Ancien résidence du chef de circonscription.JPG|Former residence of the head of constituency File:Monument Gustave Nachtigal 1.JPG|Monument of Gustav Nachtigal, Douala File:Mausolée de Din Ngosso 04.JPG|Monument of Ngosso Din, Douala File:LT4 (1) Chambre de commerce.JPG|Chamber of Commerce, Douala File:Cathédrale st Engelbert (1).JPG|St Engelbert Cathedral File:Teambeau des roi akwa (1).JPG|Tomb of King Akwa in Douala File:Église Notre-dame des Victoires de New Bell I 1.JPG|Our Lady Victories in New Bell, Douala File:LT 16 (3) Ancien résidence du chef de circonscription.JPG|Former residence of the head of constituency File:LT 43 Mosqué central de new-bell.jpg|New Bell Central Mosque File:Monument des rois Akwa 01.JPG|Monument of King Akwa in Douala Common Dishes in the Region File:Ndolè à la morue.jpg|Ndole File:Bâtons de manioc de Tayap.JPG|Soaked cassava flour (Bobolo) File:Sauce d'arachides au pisson fumé.jpg|Groundnut soup

Notes and references

Category:Regions of Cameroon {{Cameroon-geo-stub